Hardy celebrated his 100th birthday today and his family announced his passing this afternoon.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy, III. The Hardy family lost their patriarch and all-around great man," the family said in a statement.

"Joe proved that nothing is impossible by willing himself to his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for making this final accomplishment."

Hardy and his family grew 84 Lumber into one of the largest companies in the US.

Right now, his daughter Maggie Hardy Knox serves as owner and president. 

Hardy was also the founder of Nemacolin Resort and Hardy World.

Many people are disappointed after hearing this news.

Hardy’s family said he died on his birthday.

The day Hardy was born in this world, he left this world on the same day.

Hardy's family is in grief at this time

Everyone is praying to god that his soul rest in peace.

I also pray to God that God give him peace.